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3D Printing as Art

by antonaccid

When at Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) several years ago, we saw an exhibit of 3D-printed art. Here are few pictures of it.

I want to add 3D art to my presentation on "Using 3D Printing for Teaching and Learning". Are you aware of artists or art teachers exploring 3D printing as an art medium? Any exceptionally good examples of 3D art on the Thingiverse?

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Find and Share Educational Objects

by antonaccid

If you find an object that might be useful to other educators, please post a comment about it here. Maybe include a link to the object and a few thoughts about how and why it might be useful for teaching and learning.

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Educational Dice Games

by antonaccid

minipark posted a Customizable Dice (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2188139) that I used to create this Word Game (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2195386).

His dice tool accepts multiple characters, as well as special characters, such as ≥ (Alt, 242).

What are some ideas for other educational dice games (e.g., order of operations or common ions)? Or better yet, create and post an educational dice game for us all to enjoy.

Customizable Dice
Word Dice Game
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Students with Visual Impairments

by antonaccid

Dimitrios Vogias (Feelform) recently posted his Map of the USA for the Blind (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3496053). It reminded of a conversation I had with a blind student. While handling a 3D-printed stapes bone (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3667), the student exclaimed, "Oh, that's what a stapes looks like!"

What are some ways 3D printing might assist our students with visual impairments?

Map of USA for the Blind
Human ossicles (ear bones) ~10X
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Educational Prizes and Rewards

by antonaccid

When I taught high school chemistry, we played an Inorganic Bingo game I developed for learning nomenclature of inorganic compounds. I also awarded small prizes, like candy and baseball cards, to make it a little more fun. Also, at the end of my presentations on Using 3D Printing for Teaching and Learning, I hand out some small 3D printed objects, like a ring or bookmark, first to people who asked the most questions or made the most comments, and eventually to everyone. We all like a surprise gift once in a while, especially a 3D object.

I usually limit prizes to small objects that print quickly (e.g., one gram of filament or less, prints in 5 minutes or less). What are some cool, small Thingiverse objects that might be good prizes for students and other audience members?

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